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Copyright 1899 
Bv Josephine D. Hiuu 



^,' N attempting to select the most prominent, or most beantiful 
J' women connected with the World's Columbian Exposition, 
the same difficulty would be encountered, as would be, should 
one enter Superintendent Thorp's flower-garden on the Exposi- 
tion grounds and strive to select a bouquet of only the most attrac- 
tive and beautiful flowers. The author discovered at the outset 
that the task of chosing from the galax}' of charming and bril- 
liant women who compose the Board of Lady Managers of the 
World's Columbian Commission, or selecting the loveliest from 
those who rule the hearthstones of the prominent officials, would 
be most difficult and delicate. It it needless to say the thought 
^vas abandoned, and in the garden where this little bouquet was 
gathered, we have left lilies just as fair, and roses just as magni- 
ficent, violets just as sweet, and forget-me-nots just as lovable. 

We trust that a charitable public will understand and appre- 
ciate the intent to only have a dainty little souvenir book worthy 

of the occasion. 

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Mrs. Bertha M. Honore Pai^mer. 
Mrs. Susan Gale Cooke. 
Mrs. Ralph Trautmakn. 
Mrs. CharIvES Price. 
Mrs. Susan R. Ashley. 
Mrs. Nancy Huston Banks. 
Mrs. Helen Morton Barker. 
Mrs. Marcia Louise Gould. 
Mrs. Gen. John A. Logan. 
Mrs. M. R. M. Wallace. 
Mrs. Frances B. Clarke. 
Mrs. Gen. A. L. Chetlain.. 
Mrs. Charles Henrotin. 
Mrs. William H. Felton.. 
Miss Mary Elliott M'Candless: 
Mrs. Annie L. Y. Orff. 
Mrs. Elizabeth C. Langworthy. 
Mrs. W. Newton Linch. 
Mrs. Isabella Beecher Hooker. 

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Columbian Exposition. 

During the first session of the Board of Lady Managers of the 
World's Columbian Commission on November 29, 1890, Mrs. 
Potter Palmer was unanimousl}' elected to the Presidenc}' of that 
great body of representativ^e American women. Mrs. Palmer was 
born in Louisville, Kentucky, her father being of French descent 
and her mother belonging to one of the most aristocratic South- 
ern families. She was educated at a convent in Georgetown, 
Maryland, and soon after. Miss Bertha Honore, beautiful and 
accomplished, entered society, where her mental acquirements 
and inherent grace and refinement of manner soon won for her 
an enviable position. In 1871 she married Mr. Potter Palmer, a 
wealthy and influential citizen of Chicago, and has since resided 
in the Garden City. The Palmer mansion Icalled the castle) on 
the Lake Shore drive, being one of the finest in the country. 

Mrs. Palmer, in accepting the high and honorable position 
tendered her, fully realized the almost herculean task before her. 
How she calmly accepted the post of honor, second to none ever 
before held by a woman the world does not need to be told; how 
she set about the difficult work of reconciling clashing elements, 
bringing order out of chaos, a doubly-complex task because she 
had no precedent to follow, no fixed rule to govern her; how 
she carved a pathway and paved it with golden possibilities, beck- 
oning to her side representative women of all the first nations of 
the globe, will comprise a brilliant page in National history, that 
will live long after this century. 

Her addresses before the solons of both our National and State 
legislatures stamped her at once as a woman of brilliant and 
unusual oratorical gifts. While the honored guest of European 
dignitaries, Mrs. President Palmer still sustained all the splendid 
traits inseparable from her patriotic republican principles, while 
obtaining from them promises to make a grand and thorough 
exhibition of foreign women's w'ork at the World's Fair. 

Mrs. Palmer is of medium height, petite and symetrically 
formed, with a mobile Guido-like face, framed in soft dark hair 
tinged with gray. Shining eyes and dewy lips, with a gracious 
manner only possible to a cultured nature with a warm heart, 
but faintly describes the impression Mrs. Palmer makes upon the 
stranger. It is this graciousness, combined with a natural 
adaptability to all conditions and people, that has won for Mrs. 
Palmer the high regard and unstinted admiration of the many. 

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Seckf,'iak\" iif tiik Hiiakh (IF L.\ii\- Managers. 

A woman of gentle birth and high breeding, possessing such 
admirable traits, as a thorough and finished education ripened 
by practical experience, a perfect aptitude and capacity for the 
work she has undertaken and a native affabilit}- and personal mag- 
netism that has won for her hosts of friends, Mrs. Susan Gale 
Cooke, Secretar}- of the Board of Lady Managers will ever be re- 
garded as the most fitting person for a position so conspicuous 
and important. 

Mrs. Cooke is a native of New York, where the first years of 
her married life were passed. Her father, Dr. George Gale, was a 
physician and surgeon of the State of \'ermont. 

The family removed to Knoxville, Tenn., several years before 
Mr. Cooke's early death, and Mrs. Cooke has subsequently made 
that beautiful and picturesque little city her home; is thoroughly 
identified with the section, and prominent in literary and social 

Being appointed to represent Tennessee upon the Board of Lady 
Managers, Mrs. Cooke came to Chicago as a representative South- 
ern woman, remaining as the chosen Secretary of the Board, and 
in the creditable pride felt in her distinguished success, Tennes- 
see considered Mrs. Cooke her own, and not merely an adopted 
daughter. The Board of Lady Managers were fortunate in select- 
ing so competent a Secretary. 


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FlRSl- VICE-PKKSIUF.X T OK Tin-; BoAKIi ()|- La1)\' Maxackks. 

Mrs. Trautmann was unanimously elected First Vice-President 
of the Board of Lad}- Managers because of her high social posi- 
tion, her brilliant ([ualities cf mind and heart, her broad and com- 
prehensive view of all matters of public interest. Prom the first 
conception of a Woman's Department for the Columbian Pvxpo- 
sition, Mrs. Trautmann has been one of its most active pronio- 
t"ors. At the first session of the Board of Lady Managers, her 
Ijright suggestions and timely resolutions were of inestimable 
value. Although not a member of the State Board, she has 
attended all their meetings in New York and Albany- — taking an 
active interest in all that concerns the advancement of the 
World's Fair. 

Evincing great zeal in the higher education of women she 
has identified herself with many educational interests. She was 
one of the founders of the Ladies' Health Protective Association 
and through her persistent effort and influence, has accomplished 
a wonderful work in that direction, as it was the first organiza- 
t'on of this kind in New York, and met with strong opposition 
from the authorities. She has also worked early and late for 
the interest of the "Hahnemann Hospital." No achievement 
seemed too difficult for this exceedingly' bus}' woman — if good 
could thereby be accomplished. Mrs. Trautmann is one of the 
bright galaxy of women comprising the "Sorosis," and belongs 
to other well known women's organizations. 

The women wage workers of New York are especially indebt- 
ed to this noble woman who by persistent effort and influence has 
improved their condition, and interested many of them in work 
for the Fair. 

Although not in the accepted sense a society woman, she 
possesses high social qualities and finds her happiest moments 
when dispensing generous hospitalities to scores of friends. 

Mrs. Trautmann 's brilliant intellectual attainments, coupled 
with a gracious and dignified personality, render her singularly 
fitted for the high position she occupies as Vice President of the 
Board of Lady Managers. 

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Thikii Vice-Presiiucnt of TiiF, Board of Lai)\' Maxaofks. 

Mrs. Mary R. Price, of Salisbury, N. C, is the daughter of the 
late distinguished Rev. A. J. Roberts, of Mobile, Alabama. Born 
in the far South, she has the marked characteristics of the typi- 
cal "Southern woman": pleasure loving, ardent temperament, 
progressive in action, kind, charitable and generous, with a hand 
and heart ever ready to help a friend or forgive an enemy. Early 
in life she married the Hon. Charles Price, a widely known and 
able politician, and one of North Carolina's most eminent 

The " Old North State," proud of her patriotic fealty to the 
home of her adoption, selected Mis. Price its Lady Manager of 
the World's Columbian Exposition, placing with confidence in 
her hand the banner of its interests. 

She has been very much interested in the collection of ex- 
hibits from all parts of Njrth Carolina, where extraordinary diffi- 
culties are to be surmounted owing to the peculiar disposition of 
its 1,600,000 population. There are no large cities, and hence 
a great diffusion in its settlement. It is frequently necessary for 
her to take drives over the country of twent}' or thirty miles to 
expedite her work. Of her many master strokes, her "Colum- 
bian Evening" is pronounced her crowning success. She has 
interested the school children and taught them in her entertain- 
ing lectures, "What women are to do; what North Carolina 
must do at Chicago." 

Mrs. Price in her social life is affable and attractive and has 
many admirers. She is gentle but ambitious, courts society, and 
is a mistress of the arts of diplomacy. She talks well and knows 
also how to listen. She is a liberal patron of letters and devotes 
much time in herlibrar}' to reading poetrj-, dramas and histories, 
and the stud}' of the higher arts. Allowing nothing however to 
over-shadow matters of higher import, she is devout in her faith, 
a consistent member of the Episcopal Church. Behind all her 
ambition and love for the pleasures of earth is the clear ideal of 
purity and goodness. 



LaiiV :\Ian'agkr FKI.)M CoI.ORAIX). 

Mrs. Susan Rilej^ Ashley was born and educated in Ohio. She 
is a daughter of Captain James Riley, of Middleton, Connecticut, 
whose experience on the deserts of Africa is graphically told in 
"Riley's Narrative," a book as familiar to sea-faring men as 
Robinson Crusoe is to most boys. Her father the late Hon. James 
W. Riley, was one of the most prominent men in North-western 
Ohio, having for many j-ears held offices of public trust, and 
served in the legislature of the state. Her mother, now a lady of 
86, still retains that winning grace which has all her life made 
her beloved b}^ all. 

Susan Riley was married October 15, 1S61, to Ely M. Ashley, 
of Toledo, Ohio. They went at once to Denver, in the then 
newly made Territorj- of Colorado, to reside. The journey re- 
quired seven days and nights of continuous stage riding after 
leaving the Missouri. Denver was then a village of 2,000 inhabi- 
tants, and Mr. and Mrs. Ashley have taken an active part in its 
growth and development. Both are public spirited in deeds as 
well as words. Their home is one of the most hospitable in 
Denver, a city noted for its generous hospitality. They traveled 
extensively in the United States, also abroad, spending three 
weeks in Vienna during the World's Fair of 1873, and six weeks at 
the Exposition Universal at Paris, in 1888. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ashley have two sons who were with them on 
this last trip abroad. Frank Riley Ashley, a graduate of Michigan 
University, now superintendent of the Western Chemical Works, 
of Denver, and Ralph, a bright boy of thirteen j^ears. 

Mrs. Ashley's appointment as Lady Manager has given such 
general satisfaction, that she has been made a member of the 
State World's Fair Board, and appointed superintendent of the 
Woman's Department for the State, and since accepting this po- 
sition has given her exclusive time to the work. 

We quote from the Denver Republican: "W^hen Mrs. Ashley 
consented to receive and accept her appointment, all who knew 
her felt that no selection could have given such general satisfac- 
tion, and the result justifies the belief. With the needful execu- 
tive ability, she unites keen powers of observation, and a con- 
scientiousness which forbids her slighting even the smallest 
detail of her oft-time tiresome duties." 

Alternate Member at Large from Kentucky. 

Among the first appointments made by Major M. P. Handy 
when he was called upon to organize the Department of Publicity 
and Promotion of the World's Columbian Exposition, was that 
of Mrs. Nancy Huston Banks, of Kentuckj-, who is today one of 
his most trusted lieutenants. Mrs. Banks was already enlisted 
in World's Fair work by her appointment at the hands of the 
President on the recommendation of the Governor of Kentucky 
as Alternate Member at Large of the Board of Lady Managers, 
and had been active in that Board during the earlier part of its 

She has also attained distinction in literature, having written 
a good deal for the press, and being the author of a successful 
novel of Kentucky life and character, entitled, "Stairs of Sand. " 

Entering the Department of Publicity and Promotion, when 
its staff was equally small and select, she, for a time assisted the 
Chief in looking after correspondence. About a j'ear ago Mrs. 
Banks was assigned to duty as an editorial assistant, and to her 
fluent and accomplished pen will be credited much of the best 
work which emanates from World's Fair headquarters, and which 
appears in many of the leading newspapers and magazines of the 

Besides writing magazine and newspaper articles from week 
to week, and notably an interesting letter which goes to about 
twenty of the leading newspapers of the country, Mrs. anks is 
particularly and especiall}' entrusted with the promotion of in- 
terest in World's Fair matters among the women of the country, 
and her desk is a fount of information as to the plans, purposes 
and doings of the Board of Lady Managers. It falls to her lot to^ 
receive most of the prominent women who find their waj' into the 
Rand, McNally Building, and they always find her affable and 
helpful. Although sojourning in Chicago until after the Fair, 
Mrs. Banks clings to her home in Kentucky, where she has a 
large circle of friends and acquaintances and a large connec- 
tion, influential in society and politics. 

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Ladv Manager from South DAKdiA. 

When a woman occupies a commanding position, or has 
achieved success in any line, a glimpse of her past life is always 
interesting. Mrs. Helen Morton Barker is the daughter of a 
prominent physician in Northern New York. Her academic 
course was taken at Gouveneur Seminary. x\n earnest and con- 
scientious student, she won honors with ease and soon began a 
successful career as teacher in Oswego, New York, where, for sev- 
eral years she was principal of one of the schools. Later on she 
married the Rev. M. Barker, a Baptist clerg3'man and together 
they journeyed westward to the wilds of Dakota, where a broad 
field opened out before this brave woman — who, with a heart 
aroused to the necessities of the hour, possessing culture, persua- 
siveness and brilliant oratorical ability, did valiant work in her 
crusade against the liquor traffic. Mrs. Barker was elected President 
of the W. C. T. U. and remained in that position until called to 
headquarters of the World's Fair by Mrs. Palmer. This noble 
woman has had many honors conferred upon her; as member of 
the executive committee of the National W. C. T. U., she 
served for nine years. 

Recently her most earnest efforts have been cordially enlisted 
in furthering the interests of the Columbian Exposition. Called 
to Chautauqua to represent the interests of women she delivered 
an address full of eloquent appeal, and fraught with telling anec- 
dote, winning the heart-felt cooperation of her listeners. As 
Secretary of the Woman's Dormitory her work speaks for itself. 
In her capable hands has also been placed the responsibilit}' of 
perfecting an encyclopedia of women's work in connection with 
associations during the present century, thereby showing the 
most wonderful advancement of women along all philanthropic 
and charitable lines. 

As teacher, orator, organizer and the friend of all womankind, 
Mrs. Barker has won an appreciative place in the hearts of all 
true American women. 



President of the Illinois Woman's Exposition Board, 

also alternate member of the National Board of Lady Managers, 
is still a young woman but just past thirty. 

With the blood of the two foremost races of Europe in her 
veins she is an American by birth and spirit. 

Her training has been as cosmopolitan as her inheritance and 
as a child, whether rowing; alone on the waters of the Mississippi 
that flowed past her father's door, or roaming about the picturesque 
byways of the old cathedral town of York, England, where she 
attended school, or later pondering over puzzling theological 
problems in the Notre Dame in Paris, she has always manifested 
the same frank spirit of fearless independence both in action and 

As the wife of Mr. Frank W. Gould, one of the younger promi- 
nent business men of Moline, Illinois, she has exerted an active 
influence in all social, philanthrophic and literary affairs of that 
city. Though she would probably be first to disclaim any pre- 
tention to the title of a literary woman, few women, or men 
either, have a wider acquaintance with the general literature of 
the day, and with that which is best in the writers of the past. 

She is a charming hostess, a fine vocalist, an easy, fluent 
speaker and writer, and possesses exceptional executive ability. 

In her religious views she inclines rather to the practical than 
to the theoretical, believing a Christian life based on the broad 
tenets of personal rectitude and helpfulness to others is of more 
importance than volumes of theological speculation, or ecclesias- 
tical dogma. 

Friends who know her best, believe that her present work, 
in which she has made such a fine record, is but the beginning 
iA a useful and successful career. 


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Ladv ^Manager fko.m thk DrsrKicr of Columbia. 

Mrs. Mary Cunningham Logan was born in Petersburg, Mis- 
souri (now Sturgeon), August 15, 1838. The family moved when 
she was a child to Illinois. She was educated at St. Vincent in 
Morganfield, Ky. Her father was a captain of volunteers in the 
Mexican war. It was then that he and John A. Logan became 
warm friends. Mrs. Logan was the oldest of thirteen children. 
The moderate circumstances of her father compelled her early to 
assume the responsibilities of life. Her father was appointed 
Land Registrar during Pierce's administration, and his daughter 
Mary acted as his clerk. It was then that she and John A. Logan 
met and formed an attachment which resulted in marriage. He was 
thirteen years her senior. Mr. Logan was at the time Prosecuting 
Attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit of Illinois, residing in the 
town of Benton. Mrs. Logan identified her interests with those 
of her husband and while treading the paths of obscurity cheer- 
fully, she acted as his confidential adviser and amanuensis. 
When the war broke out, she followed him to nianj- a well-fought 
field, only too glad to share his perils. After the war General 
Logan was elected to Congress and later to the United States 
Senate. His death was a terrible blow. To a w'oman of Mrs. Lo- 
gan's ambitions and strong affections the affliction was appalling, 
but for the sake of the son and daughter left she rallied, and after 
a trip to Europe, returned to become editor of the Home Magi- 
zine, published in Washington, which position she has continued 
to fill acceptably. 

The family residence, "Calumet Place," Washington, in which 
General Logan died, was unpaid for. Friends in Chicago volun- 
tarily raised a handsome sum and put it at Mrs. Logan's disposal. 
The first thing she did was to secure the homestead and devoted 
what was once the studio of an artist to a memorial hall, where 
now all the General's books, army uniforms, portraits, busts, 
presents and souvenirs of life are gathered. Honors have been 
showered upon Mrs. Logan: on October, 1889, the Knights 
Templar carried out a program planned by the General, who was 
one of their number. They were received in the Capitol at Mrs. 
Logan's home, where thousands paid their respects leaving bush- 
els of cards and miles of badges as mementoes of the visit. Presi- 
dent Harrison appointed Mrs. Logan one of the Woman Commis- 
sioners of the District of Columbia to the Columbian Exposition, 
a business that has occupied much of her attention since, both as 
to work and with her pen . 

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Lady Manager from Chicago, Illinois. 

In a country where all women should be Queens by right ot 
chivalry it is a delight to now and then find one enthroned be- 
cause of her inherent worth, because her intelligence has mel- 
lowed into wisdom, and because she possesses like the homely 
Socrates that luminous instinct of common sense, which, flashed 
upon the tangled problems of the day illuminate the crystal 
clearness of the simple truth. As a manager of large bodies of 
women such as church and charitable organizations she has no 
superior in Chicago. As a humanitarian her plans and ideas of 
what is needed by the classes to be benefited is not questioned. 
At home, upon the platform, as well as with Executive Commit- 
tees she charms all by her quiet and ladylike manners, her calm 
and collected advice and decisions. Connected with many of the 
prominent Boards of the Clubs and Associations in Chicago her 
whole time is given up to progressive and philanthropic work. 
Her many friends in the Chicago Woman's Club, Press Club, 
Woman's Relief Corps, Woman's Exchange, Home of the Friend- 
less and the numerous other associations of which she is a mem- 
ber, welcome her to their councils whenever her many duties 
permit. As President of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls, 
Mrs. Wallace has labored during dire discouragements, never 
losing faith in the ultimate good of the great industry. She was 
among the first to interest the public in a Woman's Department 
in connection with the World's Fair, rallying around her a 
group of workers, she soon had the public aroused to the fact 
that a Woman's Department was necessary to be planned for. 
The Illustrated American justly places her among those whose 
zeal and energy secured the great Fair. 

Mrs. M. R. M. Wallace, whose maiden name was Emma Gil- 
son was born in La Moille, Illinois, September 2nd, 1841. She 
married Col. M. R. M. Wallace, September 2, 1863; their wed- 
ding tour being at the "front." Remaining in the South until the 
war ended they returned to Chicago in 1876. The mother of one son 
and four charming daughters, her hearthstone brightened by the 
presence of an aged mother, this lovely women is indeed a queen. 
If among the many women who will assemble at the Columbian 
Exposition, a competitive examination of what they have to 
show to the world be held, Mrs. Wallace might well like Corne- 
lia, the mother of the "Gracchi' point to her fair children and 
say, "These are the jewels that I have polished for the glorj- of 
the State." 

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Lahv Maxagick fr(>m :\Iixxi-:s()-|-a. 

Mrs. Maude Howe Elliott recently wrote of Mrs. Frances Clarke, 
Lady Manager tor Minnesota: "She is of New England and 
Southern descent. We find in her that happj- mingling of the 
Northern and Southern blood which has produced so large a pro- 
portion of what we like to think the best and most truly American 
type of manhood and womanhood." 

So in tracing back theancestr}- of this remarkable woman one 
is not surprised to find the name of brave Major Archibald Camp- 
bell, an English officer of the revolution: whose mother was one 
of the most beautiful woman of her time, and the traditions of 
her beauty, as well as the courage of her handsome son, the 
Major, are easil}- traced in their descendents of the fifth and sixth 

The subject of our sketch is the daughter of James Egbert 
Thompson, and the grand-daughter of Judge Amos Thompson, 
of Poultney, Vermont. In St. Paul there are few names better 
remembeied than that of James Egbert Thompson, who, at the 
time of his death, twenty years ago, was one of the leading bank- 
ers of the Northwest, having founded the First National Bank of 
St. Paul. His widow, who resides in Germany, is a very beauti- 
ful woman, whose remarkable personal attraction makes it diffi- 
cult to believe that she is a grand-mother. 

Lena Burton Thompson Clarke, the subject of this sketch was 
born in Georgia but educated in Germany. Accustomed from 
childhood to associate with polished and cultured people her per- 
fect manner partakes of that refinement and rare tact only possi- 
ble to those who are to the manner born. Her beautiful home 
situated upon Summit avenue, the finest of the residence streets 
of St. Paul, is a centre of social activity in the capitol of Minne- 
sota. Many men and women of distinction have enjoyed its hos- 

Sir Edwin Arnold, a recent guest, was honored with a lunch- 
eon, the participants sharing two tables. One laid in gold in the 
dining room and the second in the librarj^ laid in silver, while 
the magnificent floral display was something to be remembered. 

Mrs. Clarke has large expressive eyes, fine figure and beauti- 
fully shaped hands, is a fine linguist and musician and was wisely 
chosen Chairman of the Committee on Music for the Woman's 
Building, during the entire period of the Fair's existence, besides 
being a member of the Board of Lad}' Managers; she akso holds 
the office of President of the State Board, of Minnesota. 




Mrs. Chetlain, wife of General A. L,. Chetlaiii, was born at 
Xowell, Mass., of parents, both of whom are descendents of 
Puritan stock. Her father, John Edwards, was a lineal descendent 
of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards, the celebrated New England di- 
vine. Her mother, Maria Heald Edwards, was a daughter of the 
Hon. Darius Heald, a lawyer of Montpelier, Vermont, who was 
appointed United vStates Judge for the District of Alabama and 
who died at Mobile in middle life, while in office. Captain Nathan 
Heald, a younger brother of Judge Heald, belonged to the United 
States Army and was in command at Fort Dearborn at the time 
of the Indian massacre in 1812. 

Mrs. Chetlain's parents moved from Lowell to Rockford, Ill- 
inois, when she was a girl. She was educated at Andover, Mass. 

As a member of the Board of Lady Managers, her work has 
been effective and earnest. As one of a committee of eleven she 
has been untiring in her efforts toward having suitable buildings 
erected for the accommodation of women of moderate means 
during the Columl)ian Exposition. Unselfish and philantrophic, 
with rare adaptability she quietly wields a far-reaching influence, 
that has made her counsel valued not only in the clubs with 
which she is associated, the Fortnightly Club, and Friday Club 
(of which she is one of the founders) but as manager for the 
"Home of the Friendless" where her executive ability is of great 

Mrs. Chetlain holds a commission signed by Abraham Lin- 
coln, as the first postmistress in America. When her husband 
was appointed by the government to an important office in Utah, 
she accompanied him and proved a valuable assistant in the deli- 
cate and responsible negotiations with the, in that section, all- 
powerful Brigham Young. She also spent fovir years in Belgium 
when Gen. Chetlain was Consul General. Her home life is beauti- 
ful, tenderly devoted to those nearest her, she meets all the de- 
mands of wife and mother, not forgetting the stranger within the 
:gates, entertaining with generous hospitality the many distin- 
guished guests, who love to linger near her hearthstone. Because 
■of this winning graciousness, Mrs. Chetlain was appointed a mem- 
ber of the ladies' reception committee, pledged to assist Mrs. 
Palmer socially during the Fair. 

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Vice-President- OF the Woman's Branch of the World's Congress 

Chicago is Mrs. Henrotin's home by adoption. She was born 
in Portland, Maine, the native state of both her parents. Her 
father, Mr. Edward Bj'atn Martin, was called to England by the 
death of a relative in 1861, his family accompanying him. Mrs. 
Henrotin, as Miss Martin, enjoyed at different times educational 
advantages in England, Paris, and Germany, and it is these early 
associations in part that have given her such unusual insight into 
and acquaintance with foreign habits of thought and life. Soon 
after the return of her parents from Europe she was wedded to 
Charles Henrotin, of Chicago, who, though an American, has 
both, by birth and position foreign affiliations, in all of which his 
■wife has ably seconded him. 

Mrs. Henrotin has been interested in all questions of educa- 
tion, social reform and measures of general h,elpfulness. The 
Kindergarten, the Kitchengarten, the Decorative Art Association 
and many similar organizations when in their infancy, found in 
her a staunch supporter. 

Mrs. Henrotin holds membership in the Fortnightly and 
Woman's Clubs; she was also one of the inspiring spirits of the 
Friday Club for 3'Oung women. While she advocates equal rights 
and suffrage for her sex, and a widened healthful activity, her 
opinions are of the most conservative order and she never breaks 
with social traditions, being herself a leader in ultra-fashionable 
circles, preserving always the delicate reserve, graceful presence 
and finished address of the high-bred; her social tact is admira- 
ble and her gift in coUoquial expression amounts almost to genius. 

Talents of high order are seldom entrusted to us without the 
golden opportunity for their enjoyment and employment at some 
time. Thought, occasion, and ripe experience have been forming 
Mrs. Henrotin, and a work which called for her highest endeav- 
ors was unexpectedly, yet most fortunately, put into her hands. 
She is the Vice-President of the Woman's Branch of the World's 
Congress Auxiliary of the World's Columbian Exposition, Mrs. 
Potter Palmer being its honored President. On this board Mrs. 
Palmer's position is almost an honorary one. Her counsel will 
be sought and her cooperation given, but the duties and far-reach- 
ing development of this most delightful feature of the great Ex- 
position are entrusted to Mrs. Henrotin, and most thoroughlj^ 
and satisfactorily will its distinguished services be performed. 



Lady Manager from Georgia. 

In appointing Mrs. W. H. Felton as Lady Manager from 
Georgia, it would not have been possible for the Commissioners 
to have selected one more peculiarly iitted by birth, social position 
and talent to represent the Palmetto state. A typical Southern 
woman, "One of those who fled before Sherman, as he marched 
to the sea," her life has been devoted to, and identified with 
the political, secular and religous history of Georgia. For nearly 
eighteen years her husband was prominent in politics, serving 
his State six years in the legislature, and six in the senate. Al- 
ways her husband's trusted confident and friend, in her capacity 
as private secretary she proved indispensable to him in his polit- 
ical campaigns, traveled the district, time and again, sat in the 
speaking halls and outdoor assemblages in heated discussions, 
always proving herself equal to any emergency. Her husband 
relied quite as much upon his wife's political sagacity when im- 
portant matters came up, as upon his own judgment. Something 
over a year ago, she chanced to be sitting in the gallery of the 
house of representatives at Atlanta, when a resolution was offered 
inviting her to the floor, by a member of the house, "as a woman 
in whom the State of Georgia takes pride." They escorted her 
to the Speaker's chair, with cheers, the whole body standing in 
her honor. In referring to it afterward, she modestly said: "I 
understood the meaning of it truly, for it was a tribute to a wife's 
devotion to her husband's interests." Still more recentl}', she 
was a guest at an al-fresco picnic arranged by a factory in a large 
manufacturing district. The citizens met her with a carriage 
transformed into a bower of roses and evergreens. The address 
delivered by Mrs. Felton was listened to by 4,000 people with 
eager delight. Such a scene would be rare in an}' country, unpre- 
cedented in the South. During the past four j-ears she has made 
numerous addresses, and in the year 1892 she has delivered from 
four to eight a month on the World's Fair, temperance, and agri- 
culture as applied to farmer's interests, besides being a prominent 
contributor to the Georgia papers. 

In all woman's work this noble lady is interested heart and 
brain, and like many other devoted women, her mind has no- 
room for prejudices. 


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Lady Manager from Pennsylvania. 

Mary Elliott M'Candless is a native of Pittsburgh and a thor- 
ough Pennsylvanian, her ancestry on the paternal side having 
been among the Scotch-Irish who settled in the Cumberland 
Valley about the middle of the last Century, and from there 
moved to the headwaters of the Ohio, after the Revolution, while 
on the maternal side she can name Colonists from New Jersey, 
Maryland and Pennsylvania, some of whom took part in the 
struggle for independence; by virtue of whose services she en- 
voys the distinction of being enrolled among the Daughters of the 
American Revolution. It is a noteworthy fact that the women of 
her family have not only been prominent in society, but have 
shown marked adaptability for business, when the occasion 
or their circumstances demanded it. Miss M'Candless is the 
daughter of the late Hon. Wilson M'Candless. who was a leading 
la\v}'er in his state and, from 1S59 until 1876, Judge of the United 
States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania . 
Her mother's maiden name was Sarah North Collins. Miss 
M'Candless is a ladj- of liberal education and varied accomplish- 
ments. She has been active in the Boards of Control of the 
Homoepathic Hospital and the Protestant Home of Incurables, 
at Pittsburgh, and is a member of Trinity Protestant Episcopal 
Church of that city. That she adheres to some of the principles 
of her Presbyterian ancestors and to what is still the prevailing 
sentiment among the best people of the state she represents, is 
indicated by her vote in favor of the religious observance of the 
Sabbath when the subject was under consideration by the Board 
■of Lady Managers of the Columbian Exposition. 




Mrs. Anna L. Y. Orff, of Missouri, is a brilliant ex- 
ample of what genius, combined with pluck and the power 
to compel things to come to pass, will do for those who go 
into the great cities to win success and fame. A bright woman 
with a big idea and the ability to carry it out, she has ac- 
complished in a few short years that which hundreds who have 
trod the same pathway before have failed to consummate. Mrs. 
Orfif stands alone as the publisher of the first truly successful 
Western magazine. 

Personally, Anna L. Y. Orff is a charming woman; her 
manner is eas}- and graceful, her voice low and caressing; in- 
tensel}' magnetic, she has a way of looking at you as if she was 
interested in everj'thing you said. A fluent talker, she discusses 
politics, art, and science with masterU- diction and comprehen- 
sive learning. 

A native of Alban}% N. Y. , her girlhood was passed in that city 
with no thought of the busy life that lay before her in the great 
West. She came to St. Louis the happy wife of a prosperous 
young bvisiness man, and his sudden prostration from that bane 
of American workers — overwork — was the first serious trouble 
that clouded her young life. 

Left alone in a great city, she realized only tco plainly that 
the ordinary avenues open to women, presented no scope for her 
peculiar talents, and resolved to strike out boldly in a new and 
hitherto untried one. 

She first became known as the publisher of the Official Rail- 
way Guide, and so successful was the attempt, that she determined 
to enter the broader field of literature, and now perhaps she is 
best known as the editor and publisher of the Chaperone Magazine 
which she has made an assured financial success. 

The appointment of Mrs. Orff as Alternate Lady Manager from 
Missouri was only a recognition of her intrinsic worth, as she is 
exceptionally qualified for the task, and with pen and voice will 
•eminently represent the State. 









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Lahv Maxagkk from Kkrkaska. 

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Eangworthy, was born in Orleans County, 
New York, October 22, 1837, and at twelve years of age removed 
with her parents to the West. She received a liberal education 
which was finished in Hamlin University, Red Wing, Minne- 

In 1858 she married Stephen C. Langworthy, of Dubuque, 
Iowa, an influential citizen, whose family was among the early 
pioneers. They settled in Monticello, Iowa, in 1861, where for 
fifteen years she lived a noble and useful life, rearing her children 
and yet finding time to give to public work, charity, local im- 
provements, and all those interests which tend to elevate the 
tone of social life. 

In 1876 they went to Seward, Nebraska, and Mrs. Lang- 
worthy has identified herself with the public affairs of that State, 
having been for years a member of the School Board, and Super- 
intendent of the Art Department at State Fairs, as well as one 
of the Directors of the W^oman's Industrial Home of Nebraska, 
and is at present President of the Seward History and Art Club 
As a member of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's 
Columbian Exposition, it was at her suggestion Mrs. Potter Pal- 
mer granted to the women of Nebraska the honor of furnishing 
the hammer with which she drove the last nail in the Woman's 

The Women's Auxiliary Board of the World's Columbian 
Commission selected Mrs. Langworthy as their Vice-President, 
and Chairman of the Executive Committee. 

One of her most eminent qualities is a wonderful versatility 
which makes of her character one, which Holmes likens to a 
gem, that being exquisitely cut, reflects a thousand brilliant rays. 

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Ladv Maxage:k fkum Wkst Virginia. 

Mrs. W. Newton Linch is a native of West Virginia, her pres- 
ent home being Martinsburg. She is a woman of unusual breadth 
and brightness of intellect, and although still quite young has 
displayed an executive ability in business affairs, that would do 
credit to a man twice her age and experience. She was educated 
at Mt. de Chantal, near Wheeling, West Virginia, where she won 
especal distinction in mathematics, book-keeping, and all branch- 
es of science relative to a successful business career. Mrs. Linch 
unites two very attractive possessions in her character, sound 
sense and a manner at once persuasive and fascinating. She has 
been married for several years and is known throughout West 
Virginia as a beautiful woman, a charming hostess, a devoted 
wife, universally beloved and admired. 

Aside from her position as Lady Manager to the World's Co- 
lumbian Exposition, she is on several important Boards in 
which she takes an active interest, and her most earnest efforts 
are cordially enlisted in furthering the grand work. She is a 
hard and intelligent worker, and her labor can not fail to con- 
tribute materially to the success of the Woman's Department of 
the Exposition. 

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Lapv M.\x.\i;;kk from Coxxecticl'J'. 

vSeldom, if ever, have so many members of a single family, be- 
come more famous and noted, individually and collectively, than 
the celebrated Beecher family, of whom it can truly be said that 
though not born to success they attained it bj' their own persist- 
ence and ability to conquer fate, and compelled the attention 
and admiration of a world onl}- too prone to belittle personal 
worth and genius. 

Of good old Puritan stock, Mrs. Isabella Beecher Hooker was 
born in Litchfield, Conn., in 1822, rather more than ten years 
later than her famous sister, Mrs. Stowe. Her father Re\'. L}'- 
man Beecher was an illustrious New England divine. 

At the age of nineteen she married John Hooker, a talented 
young lawyer. P"or ten 3'ears they lived in Farmington, when 
they removed to Hartford, which has since been their home. 

Mrs. Hooker is the mother of three children, a son who is a 
successful physician in Hartford, and two beautiful daughters. 
As a public speaker, Mrs. Hooker possesses that quality of mag- 
netism which first enthralls, then convinces the listener, and 
finally inspires with something of that enthusiasm for her cause 
which animates the speaker, and this too is done with plain clear 
language that a child can understand. One of the pioneers of 
the Woman's Suffrage cause, she has lived to see the day when 
women as workers are recognized, and while the great end of 
political disenfranchisement has not been attained, the gates 
have been unbarred and the grand avenues of literary and 
artistic achievement are open to them in every direction. 

She has written books of considerable literary merit outside 
of their intrinsic worth. Possibly the most noted is "Woman- 
hood — Its vSanctities and Fidelities." 

Mrs. Hooker is a member of the Board of Lad}' Managers of 
the World's Columbian Exposition from Connecticut, and to her 
work she brings that same ntelligence of purpose and forceful 
command of affairs which is characteristic of whatever she under- 


Mrs. Thomas W. Palmer. 
Mrs. Thomas B. Ervan. 
Mrs. George R. Davis. 
Mrs. M. p. Handy. 

Mrs. Mary E. Peabody. .. 

Mrs. Wileard Smith. ;j 

Mrs. James Allison. || 

Mrs. E. E. Jaycox. j^ 

Mrs. Louis Wood Robinson. 
Mrs. John M. Samuels. 

Mrs. William Buchanan. ^ 

Mrs. Walker Fearn. 

Wife of the President of the World's Columfsiax Exi'OSItiox. 

Mrs. Thomas W, Palmer was born in Portland, Maine, in 
1837. Her father, Charles Mervill, was a descendant of Governor 
Winslow, of the early days of Massachusetts. Her mother was 
Frances Pitts, daughter of Major Thomas Pitts, of the United 
States Army, and was born in Boston. 

Mrs. Palmer was educated in Detroit, where her parents had 
removed in 1845, and was married to Thomas Witherell Palmer 
in 1855. 

While her husband was United States Senator from Michigan, 
she entertained much and delightfully in Washington. vShe ac- 
companied him when he, appointed by President Harrison went 
as Minister to Spain. She is the second one of her family who 
has been the wife of the United States Minister to that romantic 
and beautiful country, her great grand aunt Klizabeth Pitts Bow- 
din, having been the wife of the United vStates Minister there in 
1804. A co-incident occurs also in name, Mrs. Palmer's name 
being Elizabeth Pitts. 

Mrs. Palmer numbers among her relatives the Sullivans and 
Winthrops, of Boston. 

Being possessed of a fortune in her own right she has done 
much to relieve suffering; she takes much interest in the ame- 
lioration of the condition of woman, and in the societies for the 
prevention of cruelty to children and animals. 

Mrs. Palmer has adopted three children, Grace Palmer, now 
the wife of M. Zach Rice, a prominent architect of Detroit; Ber- 
tita Brown Palmer, just arriving at womanhood, and Higinio 
Poblaciony Belloso Palmer, the beautiful child whom she adopted 
at the age of two and a half years, while she was in Spain. 

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Mrs. Thomas B. Bryan was Miss Jane Byrd Fage, of Virginia. 
Her early life was spent with the Lees and other relatives, in 
Washington, where she was noted, as she has been in later years, 
as well for her sterling worth as for her stately beauty, and con- 
summate grace. Mrs. Bryan is an accomplished linguist, and in 
early life played the piano, harp and guitar. At Highland Place, 
her former Washington home, she was distinguished for her con- 
stant and generous hospitality, being an acknowledged leader of 
society at the Capitol. 'B3'rd's-Nest," near Chicago, has been 
the Bryans' country residence for thirty-six years. Mrs. Bryan 
and her daughter have evinced their taste in beautifying a home 
famous for its hospitality, as well as for its interior attractions, 
and for the landscape gardening in the surrounding park. During 
her husband's late commissionership to Southern Europe, Mrs. 
Br3^an rendered most effective service to the Exposition in Court 
circles abroad, being granted special audiences and everywhere 
recognized as herself a queenly representative of American wo- 
men. In appearance, Mrs. Bryan is tall and dignified, with a 
marked gentleness of manner, mingled with that befitting reserve 
so characteristic of the ladies of the olden time. With tastes and 
inclinations wholly domestic, she has in that sphere, contributed 
to the success of her husband and son in their public labors, 
while in many other ways winning the merited praise of being a 
model wife and mother. 

The home provided by her husband, he called "Byrd's Nest," 
and the name of J. Byrd he also used as a term of endearment, 
"Jay Byrd," as we find in a periodical from which we borrow this 
epigram : 


There's music in bells, e'en though without chimes, 
And harmony dwells in thoughts without rhymes, 
The bird that on wing, was caught in my net, 
Ne'er striveth to sing, but why the regret? 
Her melody's best, whose mate hath ne'er heard 
Shrill notes in their nest, my bonnie, "Jay Bird." 



Wife of the Director General of the World's Coi.u.mkian 

The life of Mrs. Gertrude Davis has been that of a genuine 
helpmate to her husband. Born in New Orleans amidst com- 
fortable surroundings, left an orphan at an early age, the family 
estate was amply sufficient to secure for her all of the educational 
advantages, musical and literary, that could be provided in her 
native city. When quite young she met Colonel Davis (who was 
then stationed at New Orleans), and was visiting her uncle's 
family, with whom she resided, and under whose direction she 
was raised. At the close of the war Colonel Davis continued on 
duty at General Sheridan's headquarters, and in 1867 he fell a 
willing victim to the charms of the winsome Southern girl, 
but, because of her extreme youth, objection was made to an im- 
mediate marriage. With a genius for overcoming obstacles, the 
Colonel qualified as her legal guardian in order to bring about 
the happy event. The marriage was solemnized by the Reverend 
Dr. Benjamin Palmer. Mrs. Davis was a Southern girl, and in 
religious belief an Episcopalian; the Colonel was a Union officer 
and a Methodist, and it is not explained how the)' came to be 
married by Dr. Palmer, who was recognized during the war as a 
most pronounced Confederate and a Presbyterian. From New 
Orleans Mrs. Davis accompanied her husband to the garrison at 
Fort Leavenworth, where their first child was born . Mrs. Davis 
always accompanied her husband to the different stations where 
his duty called him while connected with the army, and during 
his official life in congress, gracefully filled her position in all 
social matters. In appearance she is above medium heighth, with 
soft brown hair, and large speaking eyes: a lovely face, expres- 
sive of the noble motives that control her life. Her eldest daugh- 
ter, a charming girl, gracefully assists her mother in all social 
duties. Quiet and unassuming in manner, Mrs. Davis has been 
likened to the modest eidelweiss, known and appreciated best 
by those who seek her because of her lovliness. 




Wife of Chief of Department C)F Publicity and Promotkjx. 

Sara Mathew Handy is a native of Cumberland County, Vir- 
ginia, daughter of George Hancock Matthews, forty years a 
prominent lawyer of South Side, Virginia, and for that period 
the Commonwealths' attorney. Of Revolutinar}- ancestry on both 
sides, and on her mother's side go'.ng back to a Colonial governor 
of Virginia. She was educated at Danville F'emale Seminary, 
and married April 15, 1869. In youth she had written occasional 
verse and short stories for local newspapers, and the Southern 
Literary Messenger. Her first literary work after marriage was 
principally for illustrated papers, The Tobacco Plantation and in 
the Tobacco P'actory, published respectively in Scribner's 
Monthly and Harper's Magazine, followed by "Confederate 
Makeshifts" and other interesting articles in the same periodi- 
cals. From 1877 to 1880 she conducted the household depart- 
ment in the Philadelphia Weekly Times, and from 1880 to 1884 a 
similar department in the Philadelphia i,xpress. Meanwhile 
Mrs. Handy wrote a series of verse de societe for Harper's Bazar, 
and contributed poems to various leading magazines and news- 
papers. In 1880 she wrote a series of letters descriptive of life 
and manners in England as viewed by an American woman for 
the American Press Association. These letters were published 
in 400,000 newspapers. She has just finished her first novel, 
"His Yankee Wife," depicting life in a Virginia community 
away from the "front" during the late unpleasantness. Mrs. 
Handy is the mother of seven children, and is very domestic and 



Wife of Chiff of Department of Liberal Arts. 

"Nor look nor tone revealeth aught, 
Save woman's quietness of thought 
And yet, around her is a light 
Of inward majesty and might." 

Mary Elizabeth Pangburn, now Mrs. Peabod}-, is a native of 
Bnrlington, Vermont. She is a descendant of the traveler, 
Jonathan Carver, to whom the Indians about St. Paul gave the 
regal domain occupied now by the sites of St. Paul and Minne- 
apolis, and a considerable portion of the States of Minnesota and 
Wisconsin. Miss Pangburn was educated in Burlington in the 
Seminary presided over by Miss Kate Fleming, afterwards Mrs. 
John H. Worcester. For some years she taught in an academy 
at St. Johnsbur}', Vermont. In 1852 she became the wife of 
Selim H. Peabody, lately graduated from the University of Ver- 
mont, and at the time, principal of the Burlington High School. 
His precarious fortunes. East and West, as a teacher and a 
scientist, she has shared with the most earnest fidelity, and the 
most wifely affection. She has borne four children, two sons and 
two daughters, all of whom are living and bearing daily testimony 
of her careful training and loving motherhood. 

Besides her notable abilit}' as a housewife, she excels in 
flower painting, and the walls of her own and her friends homes 
bear many beautiful products of her deft pencil. 

She was one of the earlier active, and then an honorary mem- 
ber of the Chicago Woman's Club. 



Wife ()f the Chief ny the DEi'AKTMExr of TRAXsroRTATiox. 

The wife of Willard A. vSmith was born of Quaker parents, 
near Ithica, New York, in 1S54, Her early life was spent in 
New York State, and she was married in St. Louis, in 1873, to 
Mr. Smith, who was then a young and prosperous law'yer. Her 
maiden name was Maria Dickinson. In 1874 they came to Chi- 
cago, where they have since resided . Their large and elegant 
residence on Rhodes avenue was mostl}- planned by Mrs. Smith, 
and the tasteful furnishings and artistic decorations are due to 
her fine discrimination. Although active in the religious and social 
work of the Memorial Baptist Church, she has always shown the 
greatest devotion to home duties, having little time for the mere 
pleasures of society. 

Of a cheerful temperament she is the life of a select circle of 
friends and idolized by her children, of whom three are living, a 
daughter of sixteen, one of nine, and a son four years of age. 

Through her life, the calls upon her time, help and charity, 
have been more than she could at times respond to. All who 
were fortunate enough to know her either intimately or remotel)-, 
have felt her influence for good, and there are many who owe to 
her encouragement and help, their success and place in life. 


Wife of the Chief of the Department of Manufacturers. 

Mrs. Mary F. Allison is a native of Madison, Indiana, and 
taught for a time with marked success in the public schools. 
Since her marriage in 1870 her home has been in Cincinnati, un- 
til her husband's appointment as Chief of the Department of 
Manufacturers, when the family moved to Chicago. 

She is a faithful member of the Presb3-terian Church, and has 
for man}' years been quietl}- and unassumingly identified with 
many charitaVjle works. Vivacious, quick to discern, talented, 
of a sociable disposition, possessing a warm heart and charming 
manner, she has made hosts of friends, and is as great a romp 
with youngsters as a lass of twenty. Mr. and Mrs. Allison have 
taken up their temporarj- residence on the South Side until after 
the World's Fair. 

In appearance, Mrs. Allison is of medium heighth, well 
formed, dark eyes, and a face of unusual tenderness and sweetness 

Although she appreciates and enjoj's her social position, yet 
she is a thoroughly domestic woman and her life is centered in 
the home. Mr. and Mrs. Allison have four children; the eldest 
daughter, Katie, just blossoming into womanhood is a pupil of 
the Mt. Auburn Young Ladies' Institute. Nellie, a charming miss 
of sixteen, who is a natural musician, another little girl aged 
twelve, and the youngest, James Allison, Jr., the pet of the house- 



WiFK OF iiib; Trai-kic Managkr. 

A charniiiig woman in private life, a lady of culture and re- 
finement, possessing in a rare degree all the social graces, Mrs. 
Elbert E. Jaycos is a type cf the best of American womanhood. 
She is of Revolutionary stock, being descended from the famous 
old warrior, IVIajor General Ebenezer Mead, of Greenwich, Conn, 

Her parents, Joseph A. and Jennie A. Walker, were also 
natives of that ancient burg. Mrs. Jaj-cox was born inTonawanda, 
New York. vShe came with her parents to Chicago, in 1867, and 
graduated from the North Division High School, in 1876, and was 
married March 6th, 1S77, to Elbert E. Jaycox, of Evanston, 
Illinois, who is now Traffic Manager for the Exposition. She is 
the devoted mother of three remarkably bright and beautiful 
children, Charles Elbert, Ralph Eugene, and Clarence Walker. 
Mrs. Jaycox is a member of the Baptist Church, and her many 
kindnesses to those in need are known only to her nearest 

In appearance she is of medium height, a brunette, with 
lovely dark hair and eyes. She dresses stylish, yet tastefully, 
and is a genial, delightful hostess. 



Wife of the Chief (.)F the Department of Machixerv. 

"This picture I have carried over forty-eight thousand miles 
\vith me," said Chief Engineer Louis Wood Robinson, United 
States Navy, "but " he explained ingenuously, yet regretfully, 
" you see I have been obliged to be absent from her so much, 
about sixteen years of our married life has been spent apart." 
Mary Aristide (Rupp) Robinson was born in East Berlin, Adams 
County, Penn. She is the j'oungest daughter of Professor I. B. 
Rupp, an eminent American historian, (after whom one of the 
avenues in Chicago is named,) who has translated, written, com- 
piled for press and edited twenty-eight books, including several 
county histories, written in 1840. Her grandfather was George 
Rupp, son of John Jonas Rupp, who emigrated from Baden, Ger- 
man}^ in 1751. Her mother was Caroline K. Aristide, daughter 
of Philip Aristide, M. D., a native of France, and of Catherine 
Meek, of Harrisburgh, Penn., who was born in 1787. Mrs. Rob- 
inson was educated at the Mechanicsburg Institute, Mechanics- 
burg, Cumberland County, Penn., Swatara Institute at Lebanon, 
Penn., and the female college at Perkiomenville, Penn. As a 
student, she was far above the average, and won scholastic 
honors with ease, inheriting from her German and French an- 
cestors a character of unusual strength and brilliancy. She was 
married vSeptember 5th, 1865, and is the mother of seven children, 
six of whom are living. She now resides in Philadelphia, where 
six of the children are attending school. The oldest living is 
prominently connected with the Westinghouse Electric Compan}- 
at Pittsburgh. Above all other virtues in woman, that of wise 
and loving motherhood is most valued; that Mrs. Robinson 
possesses this virtue to an unusual agree is apparent to all who 
know her familv of beautiful and intelligent sons and daughters. 





MRvS. J. M. samup:ls. 

Wife of the Chief of riii'; HoR-ncuLTURAi. Departmext. 

Mrs. J. M. Samuels ^vas born in Clinton, Kentucky, Sept. 
20th, i86r. Both her parents and maternal ancestors were the 
oldest and most influential Blue Grass families. Her father. Dr. 
George Beeler, is a well known distinguished physician and 
surgeon, and is President of the Kentucky Medical Association. 
She graduated at Clinton College at the age of sixteen with high 
honors, receiving her diploma at an earlier age than any of the 
alumni of that well known institute of learning. Having trav- 
eled extensively she has been a keen observer of the countries 
through which she has journeyed, and is familiar with the leading 
characteristics of each. Mrs. Samuels is quite as enthusiastic in 
the study of horticulture as her husband, and is of great assistance 
to him in his work. She has devoted much time to the study of 
both geology and botany. She has always been a lover of nature 
and a devoted student of these two branches of natural science, 
spending a great deal of time out of doors in the woods, and 
among the rocks, gathering rare specimens of various geological 
formations, also a large collection of plants and flowers. She 
has made an interesting collection of material brought together 
in this way and obtained from other sources, taking great delight 
in exhibiting them. 

Of a quiet, studious disposition, gentle and thoughtful of 
others, it would be like "gilding refined gold" to praise her. 
She is above medium height, slender, rather of the brunette 
order, with soft brown eyes and dark hair. 


Wife of the Chief of the Department of Agriculture. 

Mrs. William I. Buchanan, wife of the Chief of Department 
of Agriculture of the World's Fair, was born in Cincinnati, and 
is the daughter of Isaac Williams, who in his life-time was well 
known in art circles. While she was still a child the family 
moved to Dayton, Ohio, and Miss Lulu was given every advan- 
tage for the cultivation of a mind endowed with talent of a high 
order. Inheriting her father's artistic tastes, she evinced a de- 
cided preference for painting, and grew up in an atmosphere of 
culture and refinement, developing into a charming and beauti- 
ful woman, a favorite in societ}- and the life of the home circle. 
A sister, Mrs. Eva Best, is well known as the editor of the 
"Household" in the Detroit Free Press. 

Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan were married in 1878, and their home 
is brightened by two children, Florence, and Donald. 

When a resident of Sioux City, Iowa, she was chosen presi- 
dent of the society of ladies who decorated the interior of the 
famous Corn Palace, and its beauty was largely due to her artistic 
work and executive ability. 



Wife of the Chief of the P'oreigx Depaktmex r. 

James Hewett, the great merchant of New York, New Orleans, 
and Liverpool, was not only fortunate in the accumulation of 
immense wealth, but in the possession also of a daughter whose 
beaut}^ and accomplishments have placed her in the front rank 
of American women. 

Fannie Hewitt is the wife of Walker Fearn, Chief of the For- 
eign Department of the World's Columbian Exposition. Her 
mother was Clarice Grant, of Virginia, cousin of General U. S. 
Grant. She was born April 19, 1849, at Rockhill, Kentucky. 
While a school girl in Paris she was a frequent guest at the pal- 
ace of Napoleon Third. In November, 1865, she was married to 
Mr. Fearn. Soon after this happy event, she, happening to be 
in New Orleans during Mardi Gras had the honor of being chosen 
by Rex as th-. first queen, and she has been the only married 
woman so honored. Since then, her loyal subjects have gra- 
ciously remembered her, by sending each year, on the recurrence 
of the festival a regal present composed of beautiful Rhine stones, 
formed in various ways, made into coronets or necklaces. In 
foreign courts, where for four 3'ears Hon. Walker Fearn was Min- 
ister to Greece, Roumania and Servia, "la belle American" ruled 
all by the right of her royal nature. In a book written by a well 
known Russian traveler, he asserts, that in journeying around 
the world, he never enjoyed such generous hospitalit}-, or met so 
many distinguished people as at the American Legation, in 
Athens. The stately home of the Fearns (made doubly charm- 
ing b}' the presence of two lovely daughters), was the resort 
of statesmen, politicians and literati. Within its hospitable walls 
could be met such men as Triconpis, the great Greek Premier, 
whose party has just come into power; King George and Queen 
Olga, of Greece; the lovely Princess Alexandria; the Crown 
Prince, Constantine; Prince George, now heir apparent to the 
British throne; the Duke and Duchess of P^dinburgh, also Lord 
Herschell, and many others. 

Mrs. Fearn has always taken a great interest in charitable 
work; and she was made director of the "Agaeearian," being the 
only foreigner ever admitted on the board of this purel}' Greek 
charity, it being under the direct control of the King. Soon 
after leaving Oxford the first great sorrow of her life came, when 
Clarice, the youngest daughter, famed throughout Europe for her 
beauty and rare accomplishments, passed away from earth. 
Only recently the youngest son, Hewitt, died in Costa Rica. 
This double bereavement has touched the hearts of hosts of